Nature is the best playground for children.
Playing in nature often develops creativity, well-being and an environmental consciousness.
The people I have met that work for, with and in nature have all had a childhood where they’ve spent time playing and discovering the wonders of nature (when I look back into my own childhood, I also spent most of my time playing in nature, inventing adventures at the seaside or in the mountains, either by myself or with friends (where memories such as climbing trees and big hills and playing football till long after the sun had gone to sleep behind the sea never will vanish).
Children need risk play in nature in order to be challenged, handle unpredictability and risks, explore and overcome boundaries – which is not possible in the same way on regular playgrounds in towns, where the environment is more controlled by the physical playground itself, rules and adult supervision.
According to the American Medical Association: “Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors.”
Studies also show that people living in nature or near nature (including parcs in towns) live longer then people having seldom acces to nature (the difference in social classes has no impact in the result of these studies).
Have you as a family also chosen to live in nature with your children because of all the amazing gifts it offers them? And how has it changed your life?
(post to be updated)